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Lolium arundinaceum

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Festuca arundinacea
Description

Tall Fescue as a Lawn

Tall fescue, the cool-season species grown most widely in North Carolina, is tolerant to heat and drought, disease resistant, and persists with minimum care. It has a bunch-type growth habit and tends to clump so may need to be re-seeded each year in areas where it struggles.

While similar to Kentucky bluegrass, annual ryegrass, and perennial ryegrass, tall fescue has rolled vernation in the leaf bud and rough leaf blade margins. Like perennial ryegrass, tall fescue has non-clasping auricles. The backside of the tall fescue leaf blade is less glossy than that of annual ryegrass.

Tall Fescue as a Weed

As with other turfgrasses, tall fescues is difficult to manage as a weed within another turfgrass. Select an adapted turfgrass species and cultivar, and use proper mowing and fertilization techniques to maintain a dense, actively growing, desired turf. Digging or removal by hand is one way to control undesired perennial turfgrasses. You may spot treat an infested area with an appropriate non-selective herbicide, but realize it will also kill the desired turfgrass.


Read more at: https://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/grasses/tall-fescue/

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Tags:
#weeds#weedy#high maintenance#fast growing#turfgrass#lawn planting
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weeds#weedy#high maintenance#fast growing#turfgrass#lawn planting
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lolium
    Species:
    arundinaceum
    Family:
    Poaceae
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Turfgrass
    Weed
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Linear blades are thick and wide with prominent veins running parallel along the entire length of the blade. The margins are toothed. The underside of the leaf may be shiny. Emerging leaves are rolled in the bud which is unusual for grasses.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn